Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) has been awarded $45,000 from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation to update our mapping capabilities. The 90 year-old charity aims to make ‘a real and lasting impact on the big challenges facing Melbourne’. Currently, one of its key areas is protecting water eco-systems.
The native White Elderberry, cousin of Europe’s Black Elderberry, is now a rare plant along the Merri Creek. The European plant has a rich folklore and a new MCMC project aims to secure the local plant’s future. Read more.
Runoff from the recent fire at a recycling plant in Coolaroo has led to the deaths of at least 250 carp and mosquito fish in a downstream lake at Jack Roper Reserve, Broadmeadows. The recycling plant is next to Merlynston Creek, a tributary of Merri Creek. Authorities worked hard to pump out contaminated fire water runoff from the creek. However some of the contamination moved into the lake, and dissolved oxygen levels fell with consequent effects.
Generous donations to the Merri Creek Environment Fund of more than $21,000 have enabled a great start to planting up critical habitat gaps along Merri Creek.
The first community planting funded by public donations was at a highly degraded Merri Creek site near Lorne St Fawkner, in 2015. In 2016 community volunteers came back to the same area, expanded the site, and planted grasses and wildflowers between the well-established shrubs from the previous year. All plants from these two events are growing vigorously and are being cared for by the professional ecological restoration staff at the Merri Creek Management Committee.
August 2016 - Community lend a hand planting grasses and wildflowers between shrubs planted in 2015. The site is beside Merri Creek near Lorne St, Fawkner.
During Merri Creek Management Committee’s surveys of Golden Sun Moth in summer 2016/17 we learnt three important things:
Our new three minute film gives a snapshot of how Merri Creek Management Committee connects and communicates with local communities and celebrates local biodiversity.
We meet thousands of people every year keen to learn about and enjoy our local waterways and indigenous bidiversity. In any one year we are in contact with dozens of community groups and more than a hundred education institutions, from early childhood to tertiary, in nearby local places. We recognise the special role of Wurundjeri Traditional Owners when we work with community and school groups.
We thank the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal for their generous support in enabling us to produce this film. The Foundation also funded the Stepping Stones Around the Table event shown in the film. This roundtable connected diverse community participants with philanthropic organisations and opened eyes and ears to the types of projects that might be supported. Thanks also to our many funders over the years from the philanthropic, state and local government sectors. Many different organisations have helped us develop the creative engagement approaches shown in the film. Effective partnerships at work!
Find out more about our Environmental Education Programs.
|24 Oct 2017;|
10:00AM - 11:30AM
Secret seven Seed Production area project stakeholders Mtg
|29 Oct 2017;|
10:00AM - 12:30PM
Woody Weed Whacking at Bababi Marning (Friends of Merri Creek)
|29 Oct 2017;|
10:00AM - 01:00PM
Waterwatch Waterbug community sampling*
|04 Nov 2017;|
01:00PM - 03:00PM
MECCARG Preparation for Murnong Gathering
|05 Nov 2017;|
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Litter Clean Up - Reservoir (Friends of Merri Creek)
|05 Nov 2017;|
02:00PM - 03:30PM
Streamteam Water Quality Testing (Friends of Merri Creek)